Celebrities and sleep apnea: Who do you know?

Were you recently diagnosed with sleep apnea or have a family member who just started using a CPAP device? You’re not alone. In addition to an estimated 20 million Americans who have sleep apnea, there are lots of celebrities (both men and women) who have also publicly shared their struggles with the disease. Who do you know on this list of 20 celebrities?

1. Shaquille O’Neal, basketball player

See the Harvard Medical School video here

2. Reggie White, football player
Died from complications of sleep apnea


3. William Shatner, actor


4. Rosie O’Donnell, actor and comedian


5. Jerry Garcia, musician
Died from complications of sleep apnea


6. Regis Philbin, media personality


7. Roseanne Barr, actor and comedian


8. Quincy Jones, music executive


9. Randy Jackson, musician and music producer

10. John Candy, actor


11. Anne Rice, author


12. Brett Favre, football player


13. William Howard Taft, 27th US president


14. JaMarcus Russell, football player


15. Larry the Cable Guy, comedian


16. Graham Elliot, celebrity chef


17. Justin Tennison, star in reality TV show The Deadliest Catch
Died from complications of sleep apnea


18. Adam Savage, host of Mythbusters


19. George Kennedy, actor


20. Andy Richter, comedian


Sleep apnea is a serious disease. If untreated, sleep apnea can lead to health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Diagnosis can be made in a sleep center or, for some patients, at home. Therapy, like CPAP, can eliminate the negative health effects of sleep apnea.

Did we miss anyone on the list?

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  1. Earnestine Guest Reply

    I have a very cheap CPAP because I am on Medicaid and it is so loud that is hard to go to sleep. I am disabled and I can’t afford to get another one so I have to get the one that the government allow. I would love to have the sanitizer but I can’t afford it.

  2. Romi Rain Reply

    Well done. Thanks for share.!!

  3. Sean Justice Reply

    Oh! Sad to hear that they are dealing with this kind of problem.

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  5. rooftop snipers Reply

    I know William Shatner from the Devil’s Revenge movie. It’s surprising when know he is in this list.

  6. Mordan Reply

    Great Information and Well Said.

  7. ASED Reply

    Thanks !!

  8. spotibuzz Reply

    William Shatner is my favorite among these.

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  10. Muhammad Hammad Reply

    William Shatner is one of my favorite.

  11. Betty Reply

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